Just a few miles from our Bed and Breakfast Inn are many Neolithic sites well worth a visit. The closest of these being Pentre Ifan
Pentre Ifan (Preseli Hills)
Constructed some 3500 years ago, Pentre Ifan is one of the finest portal dolmens (cromlech) in the UK. It stands in a commanding position on a hillside overlooking the Nevern Estuary to the north and Carningli Mountain to the west. When approaching the stones the capstone appears to mimic the outline of Carningli Mountain down to the bay at Newport.
Originally the whole structure would have been covered by a mound of stones and earth. The outline of this original structure is still visible in the landscape. Entry to Pentre Ifan is free and there is a small lay by/car park some 100 meters from the stones.
Carreg Coetan Arthur (Newport)
Situated in a small Cul de Sac in Newport is another portal dolmen. This cromlech is not quite as grand in scale as Pentre Ifan but is no lesser an interesting construction.
The cap stone of Carreg Coetan Arthur sits on just two of the four uprights placed to support it. A fluke of construction or intentional? One of the many questions with no answer that surround these incredible structures.
Llech Y Drybedd (near Moylegrove)
A lesser known site in north Pembrokeshire, Llech Y Drybedd cromlech is situated on private land in a field off the Newport to Moylegrove road. Legend has it that the stones were thrown from the summit of Carningli Mountain by Samson. From a certain angle the capstone mimics the outline of Carningli Mountain - similar to that of Pentre Ifan.
For more detailed information and more neolithic sites to visit in Pembrokeshire, see the Modern Antiquarian's website.. Modern Antiquarian Website
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